Out, About and Around the County
Haunted Wine CountryHaunted Wine Country, a film by Tom Wyrsch, premieres at the Sebastiani Theater, Oct. 2 and 3, at 7 p.m. Amongst the hardworking residents who made Northern California's wine country their home more than a century ago lurked a seedy and dangerous element - gamblers, thieves, prostitutes, murderers, even pirates. And the spirits of many of these miscreants remain here, roaming the hillsides, frightening residents and turning this otherwise serene area into Haunted Wine Country. Paranormal experts, authors, historians, ghost hunters and psychics recount the area's ghostly tales and describe their personal experiences. Meet the filmmaker, cast and crew during a Q&A after each night's screening.
Info: 996-9756. 476 First St. East, Sonoma.
Cloverdale JazzOn Oct. 5, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance will open THE Jazz Club season with the Anton Schwartz Quintet, winner of the 2016 Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year. Jazz's greatest improvisers create music that packs an emotional punch. The quintet's latest album, Flash Mob, spent eight weeks in jazz radio's Top 10 and earned a four-star review in Down Beat magazine, reinforcing tenor saxophonist Schwartz's reputation as a passionate but poised improviser and purveyor of captivating melodies. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $15, available at door.
Info: www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org. 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.
Live your best life nowLearn how to get the most out of your senior years by attending free active aging lectures presented by Sonoma Valley Hospital and Vintage House. On Oct. 5, Marek Grzybowski talks about “Shaking Up Your Exercise Routine” with variety. Then, take a look inside Sonoma Valley Hospital's emergency department with Chief Medical Office Robbie Cohen. Lectures are Thursdays, 1:30-3 p.m.
Info/RSVP: 996-0311, email@example.com. 263 1st St. East, Sonoma.
How to attract monarch butterfliesMaster Gardener Suzanne Clark will give a presentation on monarch butterflies at the Valley of the Moon Garden Club meeting on Oct. 5. The monarch population is dwindling and these valuable pollinators need help from home gardeners to survive and thrive. Clark has been studying monarch butterflies for 20 years. She will cover basic anatomy, life cycle, diet, plants they need for nectar, and their spectacular long distance migration. Her caterpillar-to-butterfly tent will be on site so people can watch the growth and metamorphosis of these creatures from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. 7 p.m. at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building. Free for club members; $5 for guests.
Info: 935-8986. 126 First St. West, Sonoma.
It Can't Happen HereSanta Rosa Junior College's Theatre Arts Department presents It Can't Happen Here, a dark satire about the fragility of democracy and how fascism can take hold even in the land of liberty. It Can't Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. Sinclair Lewis' eerily prescient 1935 novel gets a fresh update in this adaptation examining what brings a citizenry to the point of sacrificing its own freedom and how a courageous few can prevail and overcome. Appropriate for anyone over the age of 14. Show runs Oct. 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Oct. 8, 14 and 15. Tickets: $10-18.
Info: www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Kids Music DayCheryl Teach Music is offering free lessons for new students, and Sonoma County Children's Music is offering a free preview day on Oct. 6, as part of the second annual nationwide celebration of “Kids Music Day.” On Oct. 6, the organization Keep Music Alive is partnering with hundreds of music schools, stores and organizations across the nation to spotlight the importance of including music in children's education. Events at participating music schools include open houses, student music performances, community/family jams, instrument petting zoos, instrument donation drives and more. Check out more locations on the website.
Info: 610-874-6312. www.kidsmusicday.org.
Fall Book FairFriends of Santa Rosa Libraries hosts its free fall book fair Oct. 6-9 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building. You will find thousands of books - fiction and nonfiction, current titles and old favorites. Among them are choice art books and cookbooks, as well as exceptional bargains in children's books, collector's editions and computer books with CDs. A large variety of movies on VHS and DVD, books on tape and CD, and music tapes and CDs will also be available at bargain prices. Cash or checks only. Preview sale (for Friends members) is 2-3 p.m. on Friday; open to the public 3:30-7 p.m. Fair runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (half-price day) and Monday is $5 Bag Day 1-5 p.m.
Info: 545-0831, ext. 1541. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa.
The ceramics of Lyn SwanCeramicist Lyn Swan has been creating porcelain art since 1979. Her work combines simplicity, texture and glaze in each unique piece. Swan's work has been shown at the DeYoung Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, and galleries from coast to coast. In October, the arts guild of Sonoma will showcase Swan's body of work, and she will release her new series of Japanese-inspired porcelain creations to the public for the first time. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Oct. 6, 5-7 p.m.
Info: 996-3115. 140 East Napa St., Sonoma.
30 years of ending hungerJoin the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) for a community Open House and Block Party on Saturday, Oct. 7. Learn about the food bank's innovative hunger-relief programs, meet community partners, sample homemade culinary creations prepared by Chef Don Nolan for REFB Kitchen Collective program, tour the facility, snack on food truck offerings from from Juice's Smoken' BBQ, Kona Ice, Sushi Shobou, Tuck Box, Taqueria Hernandez, and WOW Waffles, Three Twins ice cream, local wine and beer in the beer garden, and live music from the Mike Saliani Band. Runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Info: refb.org/30-years-ending-hunger. 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa.
Eat, drink, be merry, and play soccerThe third annual Sonoma Valley Soccer Oktoberfest returns on Oct. 7, 12-9 p.m. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day. All proceeds go to building a modern public soccer complex at Maxwell Regional Park in Sonoma. For the kids there will be a climbing wall, dunk tank, soccer wall, video game truck, food, and lots of local youth bands courtesy of Michael Cannon School of Music. For the parents there are craft beers on tap, wine and mixed drinks, festival food (burgers, brats, tacos), a beer garden featuring Sonoma and Napa micro-brews (2-5 p.m.), a cornhole tournament, and the family-friendly local blues/rock band Loosely Covered. Free and open to all ages.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-0176.
Wall-to-Wall Art AuctionBack by popular demand, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) hosts its Wall-to-Wall Art Auction on Oct. 7, 5-8 p.m. Wall-to-Wall is a silent auction featuring artworks donated by the community. Bid on photographs, prints, paintings and sculpture to give your home a makeover. All proceeds benefit SVMA. Enjoy live music with Rich Little, offerings from Buena Vista Winery, signature cocktail “Uncle Val's Wall Hanger,” Leese Fitch wines, swell eats, and the exquisite agony of choosing your next masterpiece. Cost is $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers, $40 at door.
Info: www.svma.org/calendar/events/wall-wall-art-auction. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.
Jazz trio at the libraryOn Oct. 7 at 2 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents the Daniel Bennett Group. Playing a mix of provocative jazz, avant-pop and surf rock, the trio was recently voted Best New Jazz Group in New York City, Hot House Magazine, and is touring the west coast promoting their latest album, Sinking Houseboat Confusion (Manhattan Daylight Media). In addition to leading his own band, Daniel Bennett performs in Broadway and Off-Broadway theater productions in New York City. Free and open to all.
Info: 996-5217. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Symphony opener spans the centuriesSanta Rosa Symphony's 90th season opens with “From Beethoven to Bates,” Oct. 7, 8 and 9 at the Green Music Center, featuring award-winning pianist Joyce Yang joining the orchestra for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. The program also includes “Garages of the Valley” by Grammy-nominated Bay Area resident Mason Bates. Enhanced by electronic music, “Garages of the Valley” is an ode to Silicon Valley dot-com titans who started in a garage. Bates is the most performed composer of his time. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 comprises the second half of the concert. Tickets are $29.
Info: www.srsymphony.org. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
From calm to crisis“From Calm to Crisis: US-Iran Policy in the Trump Administration” will be presented by Dr. Dalia Kaye at the next World Affairs Council of Sonoma County luncheon on Oct. 13, noon, at the Fountaingrove Inn. Although Iran's nuclear program was halted by treaty under the Obama administration, rising regional tensions and developments within Iran and the U.S. have called the deal into question. Kay, director of the Center for Mideast and Public Policy and senior political scientist at the Rand Corporation, will address these vital issues. Members $32, visitors $37. Select roast pork loin or grilled vegetable Wellington. Send checks to WACSC, Box 1433, Santa Rosa 95402. Reservations due Oct. 6. Please include phone contact.
Info: 573-6014, www.wacsc.org. 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa.
Talk on Yuja Wang at Vintage HouseThe New York Times says of pianist Yuja Wang, “She seems to have everything: speed, flexibility, pianistic thunder and interpretive nuance.” On Oct. 10, at 11 a.m., Jean Wong and Marc Helfman will give a presentation on Wang at Vintage House in Sonoma, including anecdotes and fabulous footage about this 2017 Artist of the Year. This event is free.
Info: Vintagehouse.org. 264 1st St. East, Sonoma.
David Ligare Magna FideMagna Fide, opening at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on Oct. 14, explores the creative process of American contemporary classicist painter David Ligare by focusing on the steps it took to create his 2014 artwork Magna Fide. Deeply influenced by the neoclassical painters of the 17th and 18th century, Ligare makes narrative oil paintings, still lifes, and landscapes based on classical Greco-Roman themes. Finding the contemporary art world saturated with a certain type of “looking,” Ligare turned to classicism to re-imagine ideas of light, balance, symmetry, and harmony. There will be an opening reception on Oct. 14, 5-7 p.m. with drinks and light bites.
Info: 939-7862, www.svma.org. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.
Celebrating down on the farmCelebrating 45 years, Santa Rosa Junior College's Shone Farm invites the public to its Fall Festival on Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This year's celebration recognizes the farm's history, with opportunities to experience apple pressing, wood milling demonstrations, harvesting pumpkins and vegetables from the garden, rotten fruit slingshot and compost lessons, farm equipment displays, award-winning wine and olive oil tasting, and tours of the 365-acre farm, forest, and garden. Admission is free at this family-friendly event.
Info: www.facebook.com/SRJCShoneFarm/. 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville.
Be a Viking for a day at VikingfestVikingfest, Freya Lodge's annual celebration of Norwegian heritage and all things Norwegian, takes place on Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Norway Hall in Santa Rosa. This event is free and fun for all ages. There will be live Viking re-enactments, cultural demonstrations, live music, Scandinavian vendors, a remembrance of Leif Erikson, a Taste of Norway lunch, home baked goods, a photo booth, and coffee and freshly-made Norwegian waffles. This is an opportunity for everyone of Scandinavian descent in Sonoma County to celebrate their heritage and for everyone else to come and be a Viking for a day!
Info: 894-1807, freyalodge.org. 617 W. 9th St., Santa Rosa.
LumaFest celebrates higher learningCollege is rewarding, stimulating and fun - that's the take-away for parents, teens, and community members at the third annual LumaFest at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) in Petaluma, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Children will be introduced to the excitement of higher education, adults can learn about new and compelling career paths, and all can explore the college's many academic, cultural and student life offerings. There will be a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, food, live music and dance performances, a juried art competition, chemistry magic show, jumpy houses, face painting, arts and crafts for children, the family obstacle course, Sonoma County Bookmobile, and a sustainability village.
Info: lumafest.santarosa.edu. 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy., Petaluma.
Boogie-woogie at the libraryOn Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. the Sonoma Valley Regional Library hosts six ragtime musicians as a part of The Wine Country Ragtime Festival. These nationally known artists will perform, answer questions, and educate Sonomans about this unique American music genre. The line-up begins at 1 p.m. and performances take place every half hour until 3:30 p.m. Ragtime is a well-established living art form, primarily for piano, characterized by a marching-band type accompaniment which supports a highly syncopated melody. This event is free and family friendly.
Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.